We need to talk about something serious and scary dangerous.
Easily the worst thing that can happen to an athlete is getting hit in the head, and learning you have a concussion. Not only are you unable to participate in your sport, you’re also facing some seriously scary health risks that you may or may not be aware of.
We have fluid surrounding our brains to protect it. A concussion is quite literally when the brain hits the skull due to a strong force hitting your head. In my case, it was my flier falling on my head and then hitting my head on the mat immediately after. I regret not telling my coach and sitting down immediately, but I thought I was fine.
More often than not, symptoms will not show up until the next day or later. This, unfortunately, makes the individual think that they’re fine because they didn’t feel anything right away. They don’t feel dizzy, foggy, headachey, or anything else, so they keep going and thus leads to a chance of having much more damage than necessary.
If you think you could have a concussion, please tell your coach, parent, doctor, or anyone else immediately. It could be a matter of life or death honestly. In order to recognize a concussion, you have to know the symptoms. Some of the most common are:
- Headache/pressure in head
- Bothered by noise and/or light
- Trouble concentrating
- Loss of consciousness
- Appearing dazed
So, take it from me (the kid who has had too many concussions to possibly be safe) – do everything in your power to get better. Avoid loud noises, bright lights, sports, electronics, and stimuli (which is pretty much everything). Take a nap in a dark room, and catch up on sleep that you probably (okay, definitely) need. Headaches aren’t fun and neither are the side effects. Stay safe and do what’s best for your body. I’ll be there right along with you healing and trying not to do things that trigger headaches!